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Connections faculty and staff newsletter
 May 2009

Columbia College veterans center opens May 21

Columbia College veterans center opens May 21 To better serve the college's growing population of military learners, the center will be located in the middle of the action, at Missouri Hall

One-third of all Columbia College students are active or retired military or family members, and half the college's campuses are on military bases. To better serve this population of military learners, the college cuts the ribbon of a new veterans center in Missouri Hall on May 21. The ceremony, tied to the college's Military Appreciation Day, is open to the public and will feature local active duty military service members and veterans.

The center, located near admissions, transcripts and registration, becomes in effect a gateway for veterans' academic needs. Vets will also be able to certify VA benefits, take advantage of career services and more. The center also will have a disability services coordinator, Ruth Tichenor, to provide accommodations for vets with disabilities.

Ramona McAfee, assistant dean for military services, said, "The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides an expanded range of educational benefits for veterans, and we want to ensure we do everything we can to provide the very best educational experience for the men and women who have so valiantly served this country. This center is a symbol of our commitment to military education, and I hope more veterans will see Columbia College as the military-friendly institution it is."

Columbia College prides itself on its military friendliness. Last year, the college was recognized as a top 20 military-friendly institution by Military Advanced Education magazine.

For more information, contact McAfee at (573) 875-7579 or